Janam Tea (2 reviews)
Gorgeous vintage-inspired speakeasy located up a hidden stairwell accessed through a bank vault door at the back of an innocuous burger joint. It's the only one like it in NYC! Once inside, guests are treated to plush velvet furniture, swing music and a tower of handmade goodies. Sandwiches are open-faced, unusual for NYC, but what makes this tea room unlike any other in North America is that only single-estate teas from India are served. No blends, flavors or teas from any other country. The breadth of beautiful Indian teas is more than enough to savor, sip by sip, in a place that feels like a step back in time.
What a precious discovery! Hidden behind a burger joint and sharing space with a speakeasy (but working different hours), the lady who runs this tea house has been sharing her devotion for tea with New York city for the last three years and a half. She exclusively presents small-batch teas from single plantations in India, of which she can tell many stories, and she serves them as part of an all home made delicious high tea service. The ambiance is gorgeous, and the service just perfect for this type of event. This kind of dedication for the craft requires a lot of effort. I was so grateful that I could take part of it, and I'm looking forward to sharing it with more of my friends. [Originally posted on Google Maps.]
Great experience. Take a step away from the chaos of the city for a victorian inspired tea service. The setting is very cozy and appropriate. The Indian teas we tried were all top notch and the food was incredible. Excellent value, and would love to return with more friends.